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Paraguay... or Uruguay?

For each statement, guess whether it applies to Paraguay, Uruguay, or both.
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Last updated: February 12, 2019
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First submittedFebruary 8, 2019
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1. Is landlocked
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2. Has Spanish as an official language
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3. Borders Brazil
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4. Its capital is located about 200 kilometers from Buenos Aires
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5. Is a former Spanish colony
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6. Has a maximum elevation of less than 1000 meters
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7. Has a sun on its flag
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8. More than 90% of its population are mestizos (people of mixed European and Native heritage)
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9. Has the larger land area of the two
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10. Is the wealthier of the two
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11. Has had periods of dictatorship but is now a democracy
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12. Has won the FIFA World Cup
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Uruguay hosted and won the first World Cup in 1930. They won again in 1950.
13. Was the first country to fully legalize marijuana
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Uruguay legalized marijuana in 2013
14. In terms of exports, agriculture is the most important sector of the economy
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15. Owns part of the Itaipu Dam, the world's second-largest hydroelectric power plant
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Paraguay gets 99.9% of its electricity from hydroelectric sources
16. Its territory is located in the region known as "The Pampas"
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The Pampas are fertile South American lowlands that cover parts of southern Brazil, northern Argentina, and all of Uruguay
25 Comments
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Level 76
Feb 12, 2019
Spelling at question 2: Paraguay
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Level 83
Feb 12, 2019
Good to see everyone else struggled with the elevation one. I definitely thought that Paraguay was near enough to the Andes to at least have a few mountains, but no, their highest point is 842m.
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Level 74
Feb 12, 2019
I struggled with most of the -guay ones, but got that one correct for some inexplicable reason. Possibly because I'm short.
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Level 63
Feb 13, 2019
I got that one right. Then again more a guess than knowledge. Somehow I did pretty good compared to other multiple choice ones I took.
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Level 84
Feb 13, 2019
Crazy. If people just guessed randomly it would be at 33%. Its at 12%. Paraguay's elevation really throws people off.
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Level 56
Feb 13, 2019
I'm pretty sure that Uruguayans are also mestizos. The fact that they have Italian and Spanish ancestry and a strong accent doesn't make them European, so you can't say there are more mestizos in Paraguay because that'd be wrong.
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Level 58
Feb 14, 2019
84% of Uruguay is white. It's the whitest country in South America.
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Level 65
May 8, 2019
Mestizo specifically means mixed race of Native American and European heritage, not different mixtures of European ancestry. Someone with German, Swedish, and Russian grandparents isn't mestizo, they're white.
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Level 37
Apr 5, 2020
No. Uruguay (and to a large extent, Argentina) are white. As another poster said, being of mixed European heritage [I would leave Russia out] does not make one a Mestizo.
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Level 57
Mar 30, 2021
Mestizo means that one has Native American ancestry. That is why, to an extent, the people of Paraguay (and most of Latin America for that matter) have darker skin. Uruguay did not have nearly as much intermingling between the two cultures and therefore remained very white.
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Level 58
Feb 14, 2019
As far as I know, Uruguay was part of Brazil under Portugal.
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Level 83
Nov 13, 2019
Maybe at some point
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Level 82
Feb 29, 2020
Uruguay has come under Brazilian control at times, and the Portuguese did establish themselves there at times, but for most of its colonial history, Uruguay was the Banda Oriental region of the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata (the predecessor to Argentina). During the Cisplatine War the United Provinces of the Rio de la Plata, led by Buenos Aires, and the Brazilian Empire fought over the Banda Oriental or Cisplatina (as the Argentines and Brazilians respectively called it). Eventually, with the war a stalemate, the Banda Oriental became an independent nation - today's Oriental Republic of Uruguay.
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Level 45
Feb 20, 2019
If you liked this quiz, check out the rest in this series!
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Level 14
Feb 22, 2019
I did and they were very good! Such an interesting topic. I personally preferred Iraq... or Iran, Niger... or Nigeria and Gambia... or Zambia. I learned a lot while still having fun. Your geo quizzes are the best!
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Level 14
Feb 22, 2019
Must agree! They are really good
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Level 56
May 7, 2019
But highest mountain in Paraguay is 1000 meters tall
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Level 72
Mar 10, 2023
The highest mountain in Paraguay is Cerro Peró, which has a height of 842 metres. Where are you getting a kilometre from?
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Level 31
May 16, 2019
Interesting new type of quiz
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Level 55
Sep 5, 2019
Wasn't Uruguay a Portugese/Brazilian colony before getting independence?
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Level 82
Feb 29, 2020
To quote myself above, responding to a similar comment:

Uruguay has come under Brazilian control at times, and the Portuguese did establish themselves there at times, but for most of its colonial history, Uruguay was the Banda Oriental region of the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata (the predecessor to Argentina). During the Cisplatine War the United Provinces of the Rio de la Plata, led by Buenos Aires, and the Brazilian Empire fought over the Banda Oriental or Cisplatina (as the Argentines and Brazilians respectively called it). Eventually, with the war a stalemate, the Banda Oriental became an independent nation - today's Oriental Republic of Uruguay.

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Level 55
Jan 14, 2020
*An attempt was made* :(
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Level 60
Feb 19, 2023
i got 12/16
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Level 61
Oct 7, 2023
Isn't the maximum elevation of Bolivia ~6,542 meters? How is A) not the correct answer for question 6?
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Level 68
Oct 20, 2023
I always thought that Montevideo and Buenos Aires were basically right across the river from each other. Couldn't believe that they're still 200km apart!